President Donald Trump is considering naming former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman as the new director of the FBI, counter to his promises of “draining the swamp.”
Trump interviewed four candidates for the position on Wednesday, among them was Lieberman, who war-hungry Arizona Senator John McCain is gleefully excited over.
“Joe Lieberman has more experience than all of my Dem. colleagues combined. So screw them,” McCain told PBS NewsHour when asked about some Democrats expressing concerns over the former senator. “And you can quote me,” he added.
When asked by reporters if Lieberman was a top candidate for the position, Trump responded that “he is.”
Lieberman ran as Al Gore’s vice presidential candidate in 2000, but endorsed McCain for president in 2008 when he defected to the Republican Party.
During his career, the former Connecticut senator has enjoyed a seemingly very close friendship with both McCain and Hillary Clinton.
I also applaud Sec of State Hillary Clinton, who has served our nation w/such extraordinary skill, integrity & results over the past 4yrs
— Joe Lieberman (@JoeLieberman) December 21, 2012
In the collection of Clinton emails which are searchable on WikiLeaks, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin is seen emailing the former Secretary of State to arrange a meeting between the trio. “Joe lieberman wants to talk to you about his recent trip to iraq and afghanistan with mccain,” Abedin emailed Clinton.
“He wants to come see me w McCain, Graham and Collins about Af’stan. Pls put on list to discuss,” Clinton responded.
It isn’t difficult to see why this trio work together so well — in 2002, Lieberman joined an interventionist group of DC-based neoconservatives called the ‘Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.’ The extremely influential and effective group, which included the hawkish Bill Kristol, was founded with the goal of overthrowing Saddam Hussein.
The mission statement of the group was to “promote regional peace, political freedom, and international security by replacing the Saddam Hussein regime with a democratic government that respects the rights of the Iraqi people and ceases to threaten the community of nations. … The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq will engage in educational and advocacy efforts to mobilize U.S. and international support for policies aimed at ending the aggression of Saddam Hussein and freeing the Iraqi people from tyranny.”
In 2004, Lieberman revived the “Committee on the Present Danger,” a pro-interventionist and very neoconservative group which was originally founded during the Cold War. Their new goal to stifle dissent against the war in Iraq and promote war in Iran.
During his time with the group, Lieberman argued that pulling troops out of Iraq would be “a victory for Iran and Al Qaeda,” in a 2007 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
While the group consistently lobbied to combat Islamic terrorism, their hawkish tendencies also ran counter to much of Trump’s campaign rhetoric and promises about not supporting interventionist policies and focusing on “America first.”
In 2010, Liberman set his sights on WikiLeaks, intimidating Amazon to remove the controversial publisher from their cloud servers. In an announcement about them being removed from the platform Lieberman said, “the decision to cut off Wikileaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies Wikileaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.” It remains unclear, even to this day, whether or not the organization has broken any laws at all.
“This certainly implicates First Amendment rights to the extent that web hosts may, based on direct or informal pressure, limit the materials the American public has a First Amendment right to access,” senior staff attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation Kevin Bankston told Talking Points Memo at the time.
Lieberman didn’t stop there though, in a move that shocked the press, he also called for the New York Times to be investigated for publishing material from WikiLeaks that helped to form more public criticism of the decision to go to war.
“I certainly believe that WikiLeaks has violated the Espionage Act, but then what about the news organizations — including The Times — that accepted it and distributed it?” Lieberman said in an appearance on Fox News. “To me, The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship, and whether they have committed a crime, I think that bears a very intensive inquiry by the Justice Department.”
Joe Lieberman: prosecute New York Times for publishing WikiLeaks' docs https://t.co/ERUIuuM1vc (archive, 2010)
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 18, 2017
Also interviewed at the White House on Wednesday for the now-vacant post were former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, former FBI official Richard McFeely and the current acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Whichever candidate Trump chooses will have to be confirmed by the senate, he has promised that whoever he picks will be “outstanding.”
Democrats Push to Save Bankrupt Postal Service in Order to Promote Democrat Mail-in Voting Scheme
They are setting up the steal.
Democrats are shilling to save the bankrupt and destitute U.S. Postal Service (USPS) so mail-in voting can replace physical voting in November’s presidential election.
Started by left-wing comedian Samantha Bee, liberals are participating in the #MailedIt campaign to encourage Americans to mail in their voting ballots rather than going in and actually submitting their ballots on election day in traditional fashion. They are targeting the Trump administration, which has warned of the potential for fraud because of mail-in voting.
“The government is leveraging the pandemic to privatize mail deliveries,” said Samantha Bee. “President Trump and his team of vote suppressors don’t want your vote to count. He is adding the USPS to a long list of things he is afraid of, like books, stairs, and strong wind. I’m using my voice and resources to activate our fan base to enact real change because if we lose the post office I’m going to finally have to learn to use my email and I do NOT remember my password.”
Bee and other liberals have been using the hashtag all day in an attempt to rally support around USPS.
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 1, 2020
Let's save the US Postal Service by tweeting @stevenmnuchin1 and telling him we need mail-in ballots. Full Frontal is going to buy a stamp for every use of the #MailedIt hashtag on 7/1. You know what to do Twitter!! Put those fingers to work and save the USPS! #MailedIt pic.twitter.com/arZwFn8jfQ
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 1, 2020
It is worth noting that this political campaign is being promoted with advertisements over Twitter, which is an apparent violation of their terms of service.
With mail-in voting being used in recent elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of alleged fraud are already emerging. Big League Politics reported on a handful of Democrats being charged with ballot tampering in New Jersey during an election conducted entirely by mail-in voting:
Four men, two of whom are Democratic city council members, have been charged with running a voter fraud operation in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced charges of mail-in voting fraud, election fraud, and illegal possession of mail-in ballots against Michael Jackson, Alex Mendez, Shelim Khalique, and Abu Rayzen.
Jackson is an active city councilman, while Mendez is a councilman-elect. Khalique is the brother of another Paterson city councilman, and Rayzen is a campaign operative for Khalique’s brother, Shahin Khalique.
The charges allege that Jackson took it upon himself to pick up completed mail-in ballots from voters in the city and delivered them to the Passaic County Board of Elections. Jackson failed to disclose to the board of elections that he delivered ballots for that he’s a city council member, and in one case, a ballot that he picked up that was unsealed was delivered to the election authorities sealed and completed.
Mendez is also accused of the same form of dishonest ballot harvesting, declining to reveal that he was a candidate for office when dropping off mail-in ballots. He’s also charged with falsifying and tampering with records.
Although they’re rarely enforced, New Jersey laws criminalizing election fraud have strict penalties, and it’s possible that the men could face prison sentences of up to ten years if they’re convicted of the second-degree felonies of which they’re charged.
Democrats are gleefully opening Pandora’s Box for abuse with their push to prop up the USPS and enable widespread mail-in voting.
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